The morning sun highlights the color, textures, and shapes of the old red barn.
Photo taken at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in Saint Charles, Illinois.
The beautiful old barn and inviting picnic table offer a peaceful rural setting.
Photo taken at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, Illinois. Processing done in Corel.
A day of fishing and tranquility are in store at the lake.
Photo taken at Lake Loon in Yorkville, Illinois and processed in Corel.
Old Main at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, completed in 1857.
In 1858, Old Main was host to the fifth of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in their senatorial contest. It is the only extant site of those debates, and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
For a fascinating read detailing the architectural significance of Old Main, please see Prof. R. Lance Factor’s account in Chapel in the Sky: Knox College’s Old Main and Its Masonic Architect
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
— Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861
Weathered by generations of hands, bats, and unadulterated joy, the dimpled hide reflects a sense of time and character. Baseball is the roller coaster of life that teaches how to accept the good and bad, and if fortunate — like the horseshoe seams — receive an occasional lucky bounce along the way.
Fun with kaleidoscope digital art includes this transformation of stained glass into an artistic wheel of shapes, patterns and color.
Trichomes (/ˈtraɪkoʊmz/ or /ˈtrɪkoʊmz/), from the Greek τρίχωμα (trikhōma) meaning “hair”, are fine outgrowths or appendages on plants, algae, lichens, and certain protists. They are of diverse structure and function. Examples are hairs, glandular hairs, scales, and papillae. A covering of any kind of hair on a plant is an indumentum, and the surface bearing them is said to be pubescent.
Rendering of the Hotel Higbee in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. The hotel opened in 1852 as the Dodgeville House and assumed its current name in 1895. Today, it is an apartment house.
The Big Bay Point Light is a lighthouse which stands on a tall bluff over a rocky point near Big Bay, Michigan, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is the only operational lighthouse with a bed and breakfast, and is reputed to be haunted. The novel and movie Anatomy of a Murder were inspired by a murder rooted at the lighthouse.
One of the many hiking trails at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan.
Processing with Corel.
The morning light in the woods is amazing — ever-changing, streaming through the tree tops, illuminating the path, and painting nature’s personal portrait.
Photo taken at Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois.